Equinix is planning to build a data center in Santiago, Chile, according to a report from BN Americas.

The US company filed an environmental impact declaration for the construction of its fifth Chilean facility- known as ST5.

Equinix ST1 facility
Equinix's ST1 facility – Equinix

Located in the Pudahuel district, ST5 will comprise 16 data rooms and office space over two floors spanning 24,420 sqm (263,000 sq ft). The estimated cost of the facility is $130 million.

The ST5 facility will be set on a gross land area of 42,400 sqm (456,000 sq ft).

Construction is expected to begin in May 2025 with the first phase due to be completed in April 2027.

The facility will feature 16 emergency generator sets with 3,500 kVA and one 900kVA for the office module. It will also include a 38-hour fuel tank.

The company already has four data centers in Chile, three of which it acquired from Entel in 2022. The four facilities- ST1, ST2, ST3, and ST4- total over 7.5MW in IT capacity and have a combined area of 7,536 sqm (81,000 sq ft)

Equinix recently began the $46 million expansion of the ST2 facility, also in the Pudahuel district. The expansion is scheduled for completion in Q1 2025. The company is also carrying out an expansion of its Mexico facility MX2 and its SP4 unit in Sao Paulo.

Equinix operates 85 data centers across Latin America in Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru.

Earlier this week, Equinix announced it would be expanding its xScale label to the US in a joint venture with PGIM Real Estate.

Equinix launched internal investigations earlier this year after short-seller Hindenburg Research accused the company of manipulating accounts and overselling power supply.